Parasite infestation in the home are unnecessary stress, but an infestation is a disaster no one wants! Fortunately, an infestation can easily be avoided if you follow certain preventative measures and recommended tips.
WHAT IS A PARASITE INFESTATION?
A pest infestation occurs when your home is invaded by one or more species that damage and threaten the integrity of your home.
While an infestation is the presence of an unusually high number of insects or animals in one location, usually to cause damage or disease, most health departments consider one or more insects or animals to be a call. to action, because a single cockroach can cause an asthma attack in a sensitive person!
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF AN INFESTATION?
There are multiple reasons why a pest could invade your home, but there are four predominant categories that can be attributed to this:
- Seasonal changes?
- Weather changes?
- Shortage of water and food?
- Loss of shelter?
Where you live will determine which factor affects you the most, but seasonal and weather changes are a standard cause of the majority of pest infestations. If you live in an urban development in or around a rural area that contains forests, greenery, or farmland, infestations are more common.
Parasites, like us, share the same basic needs (food, water and shelter) so when their habitat is moved, or if the weather changes dramatically, they go in search of a new place to live … and your home. could meet their needs.
WHY DOES YOUR HOME ATTRACT INSECTS AND PESTS?
SHELTER AND REFUGE
Particularly in cold weather or rain, pests will seek shelter in your home. Pest entry points can include small cracks and crevices in your foundation, around windows, or in doors. The heat from a cardboard box in an insulated attic can provide the best shelter and incubator for pests.
FOOD AND WATER
Parasites live most of the year in search of waste and food. Unlike the wilderness, your home is a constant place of food storage. Simple crumbs left on the kitchen table, pet food and dirty dishes attract pests. During the winter when we tend to store food, our homes are extremely attractive to hungry invaders.
In addition to food, parasites are constantly looking for water to survive, and they love standing water. They find water wherever they can (tiny drops from your tap, water left in a food bowl, damp wood, etc.).
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A PEST INFESTATION?
There are many signs that let us know that a parasite is living among us, but the following are the most common:
If you spot a dead parasite, you may have an infestation. Windowsills, attics and basements are all great places to discover the presence of a pest.
As for larger pests, you can find them under your refrigerator or behind large furniture and appliances (cabinet, oven, dishwasher or washing machine). If you think you have an infestation, check these places!
This is the usual evidence of a parasite infestation. As horrible as it sounds, droppings can indicate the presence of different species, so if you find any, be sure to contact an extermination company !
HOLES AND DAMAGE
Most small pests burrow and devour walls and floors. Burrows in your garbage cans, your yard, or near your home indicate a potential bigger problem.
You may also find chewed cables, small holes, or chew marks in your home, left by insects and small animals.
SMELLS AND SOUNDS
Odor can also be a key factor in knowing if your home is at risk of an infestation. Insects have a sweet, musty smell, while rats and mice typically smell of ammonia and urine.
Keep an ear attentive to noise at night. Large insect pests can be attracted to your garbage so you might hear them. You might also hear small insects and pests scratching, gnawing, or buzzing in the walls.
WHAT ARE THE PARASITES THAT CAN INVADE MY HOUSE IN QUEBEC?
- Springtails or snow fleas?
- Bed bug?
- Field ants?
- Carpenter ants?
Here you will find information about all these pests and the signs of an invasion.
TIPS FOR PREVENTING A PEST INFESTATION
Here are some simple and effective ways to prevent and control the entry of parasites into your home:
A CLEAN HOUSE IS A HOUSE WITHOUT PESTS
Food crumbs are a real treat for pests, so be sure to keep your home clean. By cleaning your pet’s food bowl, as well as washing dishes and utensils after use, you ensure that no pests can find food sources.
If you have any leftover food, be sure to cover it! Do not leave the food in the open, otherwise the parasites will come and clean it for you. In addition, by regularly cleaning your clothes, sheets, rugs and carpets, you make sure that no bedbugs or fleas invade your home.
You should also empty and clean your trash cans regularly to make sure that no pests can munch on what you have thrown away. Believe it or not, your garbage is the parasite’s favorite food!
CONTACT AN EXTERMINATION COMPANY
There may come a time when the infestation is too heavy, or the pest too large for you to control on your own. You should never tackle this problem alone. Vextermination offers you a fast and efficient emergency service.
We provide residential, commercial and agricultural services for rodent protection, wildlife control and damage repair to ensure your peace of mind. Even if you think a pest infestation is under control, contacting a team of professionals is the best way to be sure. Do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to obtain more information about our services!